John Cusack used everyone’s favorite social networking site to announce that he will play Edgar Allan Poe in James McTeigue’s (“V for Vendetta”, “Ninja Assassin”) thriller “The Raven”. No matter what else he does, I still have a problem seeing Cusack as anyone other than Lane Meyer or Lloyd Dobler. Those roles are so iconic, but I’m sure he’ll be good and the troubled writer.
McTeigue told Comingsoon that
his movie wouldn’t be a straight adaptation of Poe’s poem, as much as a serial killer thriller in which the famed horror author would have to solve clues of a string of murders based on his stories. The story would be set in Baltimore during the 1850s.
Both Jeremy Renner and Ewan McGregor were previously attached to this film. With this announcement their involvement is currently unclear, but Renner’s schedule gets busier and busier with each passing day, so who knows if he’ll have time for this movie.